AUGUST TOWER INAUGURATION
On September 1, 2005 Celine Dion took part at the news-conference and the opening of the 26-story, 949-room Augustus Tower at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA. Before the dedication of the hotel´s new 26-story, 949-room Augustus Tower, Celine pledged $1 million to the relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The money, offered by Celine and her partners Concerts West/AEG and Franco Dragone, come from the receipts of her Las Vegas show "A New Day...", at the Colosseum. The money went to the American Red Cross, Gary Loveman (Chairman CEO and President of Harrah´s Entertainment), Lorraine T. Hunt (Nevada Lt. Gov.) and Gary Selesner (Caesars Palace President). Celine was accompanied with her husband Rene Angelil.
ON TV SHOW
On September 3, 2005 Celine Dion appeared on the broadcast of the famous American talk show "Larry King Live", hosted by Larry King and aired on CNN channel in USA. Larry King interviewed Celine, who was at her dressing room of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA where she was performing with the show "A New Day...". Celine was furious and emotional as she talked about the disaster of Hurricane Katrina with King. Celine said to larry "...the only song that comes to my mind right now is definitely a prayer. I did sing that song a few weeks - a few years back with Andrea Bocelli...", and she sang a little part of the song. Crying her heart out for Katrina Hurricane victims, Celine took a position against the delayed and still poor federal response: "I open the television, there´s people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable", she yelled. And, making matters "worse", she gave a laud slap at the U.S. policy in Iraq: "How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives?! We need to serve our country... and for me to serve our country is to be there right now to rescue the rest of the people". Celine´s special appearance didn´t pass unobserved. Millions of people were watching and Celine struck everybody... even her "non-fans" or her "haters". They admire her now. Blogs and Forums around the world were full of topics about her, and everybody agree with her. Maman Dion and Celine´s sister, Claudette, saw Celine´s appearance at Larry King´s show. Watching the footages where Celine was crying out her anger concerning those terrible events happening in New-Orleans, they said: "We are so proud of her, Celine said out loud what everybody thinks!". Then, Celine refused to be interviewed again after crying her heart and anger out during Larry King´s show. Pressed by several reports who wanted her to repeat her comments about the delayed aids for Katrina´s victims, the singer preferred to turn back in the shade. Broadcastings like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight, in particular, tried but in vain. According to her spokeswoman in Las Vegas, Celine does not regret her accusations against Bush´s administration. Her manager and husband Rene Angelil declared that Celine said what she had to say and that she does not have to explain more.
On September 5, 2005 Celine Dion appeared talking through a video message during the broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), syndicated to approximately 190 television stations throughout the United States. During the video message, Celine asks people to donate to the Salvation Army. The video message was recorded at Celine´s dressing room at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA where she was performing with the show "A New Day...".
On September 18, 2005 Celine Dion appeared on interview during the broadcast of the TV show "Star Système", on TVA channel in Canada. The reporter Herby Moreau interviewed Celine at the Imperial Theatre in Montreal, Canada during the recording sessions of the music video of "Je ne vous oublie pas", wich was directed by Didier Kerbra. The interview took place in July 2005. Celine´s husband, Rene Angelil, also was interviewed.
On September 21, 2005 Celine Dion appeared on interview during a segment broadcasted during the daily tabloid-style television entertainment news show "Entertainment Tonight", aired on CBS channel in USA. They showed a clip of Celine during the recording session of the song titled "Dance with my father", and a short interview about the song, wich took place at Celine´s dressing room at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA where she was performing with the show "A New Day...".
On September 23, 2005 Celine Dion met with two fans on backstage of her residency show at the Colosseum of the Caesars Palace In Las Vegas, USA. The fans gave to Celine a picture of Celine and her father, Adhémar-Dion.
ON TV SHOW
On September 23, 2005 Celine Dion appeared on the broadcast of the American entertainment television news program "Extra", aired on Sindication channel in USA. For this episode, Celine was interviewed at her dressing room of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA. First, Celine showed the host the Colosseum, where she performs every night with the show, and they have a little practice. And then, they went to Celine´s dressing room where she introduced to the host, now he using a "A New Day..." T-shirt, Celine´s biographical book "For Keeps" or "Pour Toujous" (in French) and many pictures of her son Rene Charles.
On September 28, 2005 the candidates from the French-Canadian TV show "Star Académie" attended Celine Dion´s show "A New Day…" at the Colosseum of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, USA, and they also met Celine after the concert. Celine talked with them at her dressing room, and they also were photographed with Celine and with her husband, Rene Angelil. Footage of that day was broadcasted on October 2, 2005 on the French Canadian TV show "Star Academie", aired on TVA channel in Canada. And few photos of that event also were published on the "7 Jours" magazine on October 15, 2005.